Linux is unable to initialize Ethernet card

Posted on 2002-04-04
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
I am new to LinuxOS. I am trying to introduce the Linux workstation to the local LAN.

I have set the network configuration to be on DHCP, and it is confirmed as I find the information from /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 to be correct... as it contains the correct broadcast, network and MAC address.

Somehow, when I try to reboot the Linux workstation, the Ethernet device 'FAILED' to initialize. Please help!
Question by:minw
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The failure to initialize usually means that DHCP could not negitiate a lease. Your network condfiguration sounds wrong for DHCP in that ifcfg-eth0 should normally only contain:


One desn't specify the network, broadcast, or MAC for a DHCP configuration. Try making it look like the above and see if that helps.

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     The reason for failed has lot.  First u have to verify wheather your installed the ethernet card with proper Driver file and which is support by your linux version. and distribution.  

     If it not get the driver files from the ethernet card vendor.  You can download it.   which card you are using and which linux distrubtion you using?  You can get lot of information regarding cofiguring the ethernet card from and then goto howto option you can get lot...

Your self can be cofigured...

Let me know... i will help u...



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If u r using the X-Window then u can configure the ethernet by using the GUI tools, netcfg, netconfig and linuxconf...

Linux is a case sensitive one, so u can try to use the GUI at the begining... for learning...

With regards,


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Ok, minw, did u solved the above problem, if it is close this question.  give me you id i will send mail to you...


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How do I close this question? I am new here.

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